DVD Review: THE EVIL IN US

THE EVIL IN US was written and directed by Jason William Lee in his feature film debut and stars Ian CollinsKylee Bush, Debs Howard, Behtash Fazlali and Danny Zaporozan.

In THE EVIL IN US, six school friends meet up for a Fourth of July celebration on a remote island off the Washington coast for a weekend of fun and partying. But the good times quickly turn into a nightmare when they unknowingly take a new bio-active drug containing a virus that causes fits of psychotic rage. Only one girl, Brie (Bush), doesn’t take the drug and she alone must fight to stay alive as her friends slowly turn into bloodthirsty cannibals. Trapped on the island, Brie must endure the unimaginable in a desperate battle for survival.

The movie follows this small group of friends that heads out to a cabin in the woods for some sex, drugs and rock and roll. All of this sounds fun except the drugs part has a little extra ingredient in it that ends up driving its users insane. So much so they resort to violence and cannibalism! What was supposed to be a fun trip turns into a fight for survival as each of these friends (except for the final girl) slowly gets infected and ultimately turns into blood thirsty monsters. The crazy thing about this is the fact that when the drug dealer is finally revealed there’s a new twist added into the story. As terrifying as all of this sounds, there’s an even more sinister threat calling all the shots and the virus continues to spread.

Okay, I kind of liked the story that mixes up the whole “cabin in the woods” scenario with some drug use. It also comes with a cool twist close to the end. Remember that whole bath salts craziness that made its way into the news a few years ago? Well, this reminded me of that a little and added an insane horror element to it. When these people get infected they go crazy and try to devour each other. Jason William Lee did a good job directing and all of the actors delivered some intense performances. You can’t have a horror movie without some blood and gore and The Evil In Us has plenty of the red stuff. Enough to satisy the hordes of blood thirsty horror hounds out there. All in all the special effects looked great.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Evil In Us was a pretty cool watch even though it was nothing really special. I will add that it’s better than that crappy Cabin Fever remake we got last year if that helps any. There’s a serious drug epidemic that’s affecting the younger generation in our country and this takes that concept and adds a terrifying horror element to it. What if these drugs had a little extra ingredient added in that takes all the users to an insane level of highness. A level that not only gets you high but it also has a few side effects that include anger, rage and even cannibalism. Jason William Lee did a good job bringing his story to life on screen in his directorial debut. The movie had a few flaws with the biggest one being the pacing issues during the first half but it’s still a decent horror movie. The Evil In Us releases on DVD on August 29th and if you’re looking for a new horror movie to check out then give it a try.

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: N/A

 

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